ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — It may be the drivers driving the bus, but it’s the Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority’s commitment to diversity that drives the organization.
“We’re really focused on diversity, equity and inclusion and how that impacts our workforce, our workplace and our community,” said Tamika White.
White is one of the PSTA employees that make up the DEI Leadership Council. She says it’s an honor to be part of such a positive movement.
“We’re trying to be a leader not only here in Pinellas County, but throughout the transportation industry,” White said.
With 40 routes serving more than 12 million trips a year, PSTA wants to make sure its doors are wide open to everyone.
“There are so many different types of people who drive our buses and we want to make sure they are welcome and feel comfortable and valued, regardless of their background,” White said.
Following the success of their recent Doctor Martin Luther King Jr. bus wrap, the council decided to continue the trend this June 16th. Artists are now encouraged to apply, there is only one requirement. Art must contain diversity.
“I think when people see it, they’re proud of, ‘yeah, that’s what my community is about, this is a big message across the community, and even if they’re not thinking about it, hopefully it gets them thinking bit different,” White said.
The application deadline is February 28th and the bus will be presented in June.
For full details and how to participate, click here.